heart health

Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore.

selections from the transcript of the chat arranged by WIPRO. Useful for everyone.

What are the five thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise – Half an hour’s walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts (elevators) and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints.

Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Best food is fruits, worst are oil.

Which oil is better – gingili, groundnut, sunflower, saffola, olive?
All oils are bad; the so-called best oil company has the largest marketing budget.

Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?
Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay.

Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

BP normal range : 120/80